Coffee Filter & Paper Plate Apple Craft for Fall

easy apple craft for preschoolApples are what fall here is all about because we have six apple trees in our front yard and spend much time in the fall cooking with the apples, giving the apples away, and sometimes using the apples to paint too. When I asked my daughter what she thought of when I said fall the two words that popped out of her mouth were apples and leaves. You’ll see the leaf craft we made the same day as these apples later this week. This coffee filter  and paper plate apple craft for preschool is easy to make and a super fun process. If I was doing this craft in a classroom I would pair it with some hands on investigation of real apples like a simple taste test between two kinds of apples, a apple hunt outside that culminated in making crock pot applesauce in class, or for older kids something like this experiment from Coffee Cups & Crayons.

Gather your materials. You will need some paper plates, some red and green paint, scissors, coffee filters, a spray bottle, regular old markers, some painter’s tape , and paint brushes. Ignore the stapler I ended up not using it. If you don’t have paper plates you can try this similar craft from Gift of Curiosity.

paper plate and coffee filter apple craft for preschool

Start by coloring the coffee filters. Ours were taped down to our cutting board because it was pretty windy outside.coffee filter apple craft for kids

While they color you can cut the middle out of the paper plate and use the discarded middle to make a stem.paper plate apple craft

Once they are happy with how much color they have added spray!

coffee filter apple craft for preschool and toddlers

 

While the coffee filters dry ( and if you are low on time hairdriers are amazing at speeding up the process). Paint the apples.

paper plate coffee filter craft for kids

Paint the stem.coffee filter apples activity for preschool

Let everything dry. Tape the coffee filters inside the apple coffee filter apple craft for toddlersVoila!coffee filter apple sun catchersIt was hot out so drying only took about an hour. While you wait read some apple books ( check out our favorites below).coffee filter and paper plate apple suncatcher craft for preschool

 

 

Books About Apples

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ten red apples

Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins is a simple but effective and delightfully bouncy countdown book. The tree starts with 10 red apples but one after another farm animal swipes an apple , despite the farmer’s protests. The sing song rhymes are fun to read out loud and my 4 year old enjoyed announcing the numbers as we counted down. The illustrations look like wood toys and I thought they were charming but my toddler told me he was scared of the farmer’s wife!

apple pie abc

Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray is a really cute alphabet book and story about a dog and an apple pie. You can imagine what the dog wants to do with the apple pie. The way the author / illustrator weaves an alphabet book out of a simple story about a dog wanting to eat a fresh baked pie is awesome. I really like this book for 4 and 5 year olds because there are some really great words and they can anticipate what is going to happen. My son loved it. The vintage inspired illustrations were my favorite, I wanted to frame each page.

Apples, Apples, Apples

Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace will not be returned to the library on time. We got it out today and my son has had me read it to him 3 times, and his dad read it twice. Clearly it gets the 3 year old seal of approval. It also gets mine. The story is more than just a story about a family going apple picking at an orchard. It explains all sorts of apple facts but what I really love is that it also explains that there are different kinds of apples and each are used for different things. Since each member of the family is using their apples for different purposes that fact is driven home . Great book for preschoolers going on a apple picking field trip , making applesauce or apple prints.

 

Walnut Painting Easy Art For Kids

painting with walnuts for preschoolThis easy art for kids is an exploration of one part art and one part trying a new food. My daughter was never a picky eater as a toddler but lately she has been exerting her control. I am fine with that, kids don’t get to control much and I know the harder you push the deeper they dig in their heels. What I do try to do is find novel ways of introducing new foods. We plant veggies every year, visit the farmer’s market and take our time at the grocery store but we also play with food. It’s not for every family but it works for us.

Gather your materials. You will need a container , some walnuts in the shell, paint, and paper. walnut painting project for kids

Start by exploring the walnuts. We explored the outside noting how they felt and then cracked one open and explored the inside. It didn’t take long before she asked if she could eat it. She did and hated it but the desire to try something new is what I was going for. walnut tasting

Next add the paper into the container and choose some paint colors. walnut shell painting colors

Add the paint to the walnut.walnut shell art

Pop them into the container with the paper and roll it back and forth.walnut shell painting activity for kids While my daughter did this she started off frantically shaking it but then soon became much more controlled. Add more colors as you go. walnut paint activity

We made 3 different paintings before the paint ended up on feet instead. walnut shell paintingPainting inside once the weather turns cold and wet might get interesting with my wee girl who so loves to “hand paint” as she calls it. walnut painting to feet painting

Recycled Art Project For Kids – Fall Trees

recycled artwork fall tree craft for kidsI get a lot of questions about what I do with my children’s art work and my answer is usually that I take photos and recycle much of it. When I say I recycle art work I normally mean it gets popped into the recycling bin never to be seen again. This recycled art project for kids uses the art work and turns a finished piece into material for another art project. These fall trees are cute and simple enough for kids of various abilities to participate.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some brown and white construction paper, glue stick, scissors, and finished artwork.autumn craft for kids
  2. Cut out a tree outline – I free handed this ( I can cut much better than I can draw) but you could draw it out first too.fall tree craft with collage leaves
  3. Glue the tree down on the white construction paper and if you have kids still learning to cut like mine cutting them into smaller pieces will help. fall tree recycled art craft for kids
  4. Go for it. fall tree recycled art project for kdisThis is a simple project and there is no wrong way to do it.fall tree craft using recycled artwork My son was specific about which colors he wanted where and took time to cut leaf like shapes. fall tree recycled artMy daughter refused any and all offers of help fall tree craft for kidsand did this completely independently.fall collage tree craft for kids

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Pin & Pound Pumpkins – Easy Halloween Craft

easy halloween craft I bought these pumpkins at the dollar store with every intention of decoupaging them and adding sparkle but my son vetoed that. I still wanted to make an easy Halloween craft so I quickly looked around the playroom for an idea. That’s when I saw the hammers on the floor, the buttons on the counter and I was pretty sure I had nails too. I am so glad I didn’t press for them to do my original idea, both kids had a lot of fun pinning, hammering as well as pressing the nails in and my upstairs hallway have two very adorable pumpkins in it now.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a foam pumpkin ( at Dollar Tree right now) , some nails, craft buttons and some hammers.
  2. Place your buttons ( I held them for my daughter for the first nail)  my son did his own.
  3. Place a nail in the button hole and press it just far enough to hold and then hammer!
  4. The hammer was ok but both kids also pushed the nails in with their fingers.
  5. Keep going making faces, or simple designs.  My son added nails without any buttons for hair and my daughter methodically placed nails in each hole.

This would be a great craft for a party since there is no drying time for paint or glue.

 

Halloween Books

Check out these great Halloween picture books for kids.

 
The craft buttons were provided for us by craftprojectideas.com.

Paper Plate Scarecrow Craft

Toddlers are exploring their world with all their senses and doing activities that incorporate different textures is a great way to explore while creating. When I asked my daughter what she wanted to make she very confidently said a scarecrow. We’ve been zooming past them at the store and I told her we’d make one , obviously she remembered. I didn’t just want to make a cut and paste scarecrow so I gathered materials with various textures and a plain old paper plate and this is what we made.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper plate, crayons,  glue, scissors, yarn, buttons, some textured paper , felt and  yellow construction paper. I had popsicle sticks for hair but as you will see they didn’t work out.
  2. Let your child explore  all the materials. Ask them how they feel and introduce new words to them by labeling the items as they are exploring. 
  3. While your child colors the scarecrow with crayons cut out a nose from the textured paper, hair from the construction paper , yarn for the mouth,  a felt hat and strip for the hat.
  4. Hand them the glue start with the eyes.
  5. Pop them on.
  6. Add the nose and the mouth.
  7. If your child is up for the challenge hand them smaller pieces of yarn to make a stitched mouth. I decided to test the waters and see if my daughter could do this. She has been doing a lot of self directed fine motor tasks so I thought why not try. She did so well and was very proud of herself.
  8. Add the hair. We started with popscicle sticks but they were too heavy so we switched to paper hair.
  9. Add the felt hat.
  10. Let dry.